Analysis of the Text «the Man of Destiny» by George Bernard Shaw

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George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), a prominent playwright, was born of an impoverish middle-class family in Dublin where he attended a college. In 1876 he started working as a journalist in London. He become a socialist in 1882 and in 1884 joined the Fabian Society, an organization of petty bourgeois intellectuals. In 1887 G. B. Shaw took up writing plays, in which he criticized the vices of bourgeois society. Bernard Shaw is famous for his brilliant dialogues, full of witty paradoxes and often bitterly satirical. He was a friend of the Soviet Union which he visit in 1931. The Man of Destiny is an 1897 play by George Bernard Shaw. It was published as a part of Plays Pleasant, which also included Arms and the Man, Candida and You Never Can …show more content…
She was very feminine, but by no means weak.» Also through indirect method – and remarks – author shows her character. He depicts her as very calm and obedient, but tricky person. She speaks “humbly”, “nods placidly”, “innocently turns her face”, “meets Napoleon’s angry searching gaze with tranquil indifference”, at the same time she bitter-sweetly tickles the ear in order to return the letters. Knowingly the author uses reminiscential metaphor to show her character deeply:
NAPOLEON: Dalila! Dalila, you have been trying your tricks on me!
Napoleon is shown by Bernard Shaw as ambitious, rude and coarse person, also as a practical business-like man who makes his career at the cost of human lives. Author uses different adjectives and epithets to characterize him. For instance, “bluntly”, “haughtily”, “menacingly”, “savagely”, “with coarse familiarity”, “in a stealthy coldly furious whisper” and so on.
To show Napoleon’s power, authority author uses syntactical parallelism:
LADY: Only that you believe in yourself. You can fight and conquer for yourself and for nobody else. You are not afraid of your own destiny. You teach us what we all might be if we had the will and courage.
Also he uses imperative mood in his replies to show his power and social position.
NAPOLEON: My despatches: come! Quick, I tell you!
With a help of few lines we can know
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